Voice Actor James Arnold Taylor Offers His Thoughts On Obi-Wan’s Return in Star Wars: Rebels

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Actor James Arnold Taylor, best known to Star Wars fans for his voice work as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, discusses his thoughts on a Obi-Wan Kenobi Return in Star Wars: Rebels season 3. He also has a big question for fans. Read on for more.


James Arnold Taylor has become one of the most talented and famous voice actors in the industry today. He is best known to Star Wars fans for his voice work as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and is also a fan favorite in the Star Wars community. James’ voice can be heard all of the world daily, and you would never know it’s just one person. Back in 2014, the voice actor returned for work in the debut episode of Disney XD’s animated television series Star Wars: Rebels – Spark of the Rebellion. In the episode, he reprised his role of Obi-Wan Kenobi (as seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated) for a recorded message about Order 66 and the fall of the Republic.




In a recent video on his James Arnold Taylor youtube account, the voice actor talked about how it was an honor to be able to record that message heard in ‘Spark of the Rebellion’. He also mentions the differences in the voices between Obi-Wan in Star Wars: The Clone Wars Vs. Star Wars: Rebels.  James reveals that he was trying to sound more like the Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan from the films.


Taylor took time out to ask, you the fans, a question as to whether or not you think old Obi-Wan should return in Star Wars: Rebels Season 3.


Check out what he thinks about a return of Obi-Wan in this video!





Star Wars Rebels, set five years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, tells the story of the Rebellion’s beginnings while the Empire spreads throughout the galaxy. You can watch episodes of the fantastic series on Disney XD.


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15 thoughts on “Voice Actor James Arnold Taylor Offers His Thoughts On Obi-Wan’s Return in Star Wars: Rebels

  • May 14, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    He’s absolutely right. The only reason I would see for an appearance by Obi-Wan would be if the crew goes to Tatooine and he makes a background cameo. That’s it.

  • May 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Great voice actor. I can’t see Obi-wan leaving Tatoonie unless really important as well, and then I would rather see that in a film.

    • May 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      He might not have to leave the planet just get somewhere there is a communication station on the planet.

      • May 14, 2016 at 7:17 pm

        True – but I do like to see a little bit of space in anything with Star Wars in the title.

  • May 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    obi-wan will be back in his own movie..

  • May 14, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    What about a one-off episode like they do with the “Star Wars” comics sometimes?
    (One issue of an Obi-Wan centered adventure)
    I don’t know how they’d pull that off properly, though.

  • May 15, 2016 at 6:19 am

    It wouldn’t really fit with his line in episode 4 that he hasn’t heard the name Obi-Wan in a long time

    • May 16, 2016 at 7:54 am

      Agreed 100%. “I haven’t gone by the name of Obi-Wan since before you were born”

      So if he comes back, it has to be as “Ben” 🙂

  • May 15, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I think Obiwan should stay out of it, otherwise it sort of lessens his impact in ANH. If he is involved, it needs to be no more than two scenes, detailing how Obiwan aided Leia in the past, providing the connection that makes her reach out for his help in ANH. She definitely acted like she knew him personally, if only in passing.
    But he shouldn’t be a regular, just literally like one episode, two tops.

    • May 16, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      I didn’t think she acted like she knew him – “Years ago you served my father…now he begs you” – Bail totally sent her to go find his old friend Obi-Wan (although the PT kinda dropped the ball there).

  • May 15, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Obviously they are scared that they might fuck up the potential Obi-Wan spinoff considering this series is canon which is a major drawback to having one big continuity. I wouldn’t mind him coming back as different characters though, Clearly he’s talented enough to create new ones that sound nothing like anything he did on TCW.

  • May 15, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    As the poster below me says, I don’t want to see it if it messes with an Obi-Wan movie.

    • May 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      On the contrary I think the fact that they are allowing this to happen at all means they are interested in pursuing the Obi-Wan movie/trilogy, otherwise there is no need to involve Obi-Wan in wider galactic events, it would make more sense for him to stay out of it if he is really just sitting around in his hut for 20 years. But then I desperately want an Obi-Wan movie so I am biased.

  • May 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    I really don’t want to see any more of Obi-Wan. I much prefer the idea that after he went into hiding on Tatooine, he truly went to dark until the events of ANH. I don’t want to see any more Rebels appearances, and I really don’t want an Obi-Wan movie.

    • May 15, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      I absolutely agree with this!

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